Are You Teachable?

Playing sports growing up, I was always told that one of the best qualities a player can have is being coachable. Being able to receive instruction from your coach and practice it until it becomes routine. But what about in life? Are we teachable? Do we humble ourselves enough to be taught right from wrong? To learn from our mistakes and make corrections?

I will be honest with you, this is something that I really struggle with to this day. I would venture to say that I have gotten a lot better, but I know that I can still do better. The Bible says in Proverbs 11:2 “When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom”. You see, I would always pride myself on knowing everything. Which is a complete and total JOKE. I talked about this in my first post that I realized without God, I don’t know ANYTHING! However, I have found that even though I have grown tremendously in my relationship with Christ, I still have moments where I find myself refusing to receive correction. Even though I know that I was in the wrong, it seems as if I can’t help myself wanting to argue my way into being right.

While we are human and we will make mistakes, part of being a Christian is taking step back and truly assessing the situation based on the Word of God. We have to be honest with ourselves and say “okay, does what they are saying to me right now have truth to it and is it in line with what I have been taught?”. Once we are able to do this, we can then repent when we fall short of God’s glory! When we pray and repent our wrong doings, we are make an intentional decision to do better! We are turning away from sin and living life in accordance with God.

If we are consumed with pride, we will never reach repentance. Therefore, we have to humble ourselves daily in order to understand our own faults so that we can then repent and turn away from sin! In Romans 2:8 it says “but for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger”. Uhm….I don’t know about you, but “wrath and anger” just doesn’t even sound like fun to me. I want God’s grace because it says that “grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord” {2 Peter 1:2}. You see, we can have grace in abundance but we have to gain it through knowledge and the way we gain knowledge is by HUMBLING OURSELVES! Yeah, I know…that realization was a slap in my face too.

We aren’t perfect, but we do have the opportunity to better ourselves each day to live life according to Jesus’ teachings. We just have to stop lifting ourselves up on a pedestal and “humble ourselves before the Lord, and He will lift you up” {James 4:10}. Being lifted up by the Lord sounds a lot better than placing myself on a pedestal that isn’t worthy of God’s grace. This week, I challenge all of us to humble ourselves so that we can become teachable individuals and allow for the opportunity to be lifted up by the Lord. Remind yourself each day “whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things” {Philippians 4:8}.

If this post was an encouragement to you, please share it so that you can be an encouragement to someone else!

Until next time, and as always be the light

XOXO

 

 

Stressed Out

Stress: A state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances

Work. School. Family. Friends. You name it.

These are all things that can contribute to our stress level. We have all experienced it at some point in our lives. If you haven’t, then you have serious magical powers that you need to share with the rest of us. We take on more than we think we can handle, and somehow we let our self care slip to the wayside and next think you know we are ready to pull our hair out and walk away from it all. We aren’t superhumans and it is normal for us to feel a little stressed out sometimes. But it’s what we do with those feelings that separates us as true believers of Christ.

Romans 12:2 says “do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”. Well if that isn’t perfect that I have no clue what is! Stress is a mental state in which we feel as if we have nothing left in us to possibly continue on with everything that we have to do. We are at our wits end and, if we don’t renew our minds, we give in to those feelings of helplessness. I have done this soooo many times I have lost count at this point. I would feel as if I have too much going on that I couldn’t possibly handle one more thing.

I would pray that God would help me manage everything that I was doing and help me to keep my sanity, but I felt as if I wasn’t getting what I needed from Him. Well in reality, I just wasn’t getting what I wanted. What I wanted was for God to say “it’s okay Kat, let me just take away this 12 page paper you have to write, and don’t worry about reading for you class tomorrow, matter of fact I will just go ahead and cancel that for you too!”. Yeah that never happened, and it was never going to happen. You see, what I, and many others, fail to realize is God won’t give us more than we can handle, but he will surely help us handle what we are given! And guess what: while He never changed my professors mind about that 12 page paper, nor did He cancel my classes when I was feeling stressed out, He most certainly helped me to handle everything that I had to do!

I finally realized that I wasn’t getting what I wanted at that time, but once I opened my eyes and truly listen to what God was trying to tell me I knew that I was getting what I needed! I had been transformed by the renewing of my mind! God made me realize that I needed better time management, top stop wasting time on social media, quit procrastinating the project that is due in 2 weeks, and trust in Him to help see me through! So I did just that. I got a planner and began writing out my weekly schedule and what needs to be accomplished each day, I broke those glooming project assignments up into smaller pieces so that they seemed more realistic, and I stopped making excuses for myself! And man, oh man would you believe how quickly that stress began to fade!

You see, God is just sitting back waiting for us to call out to Him, our Heavenly Father, and say “Help!”. But, we have to realize that when we do so, He won’t help us on our terms (i.e.: cancelling classes), so we have to receive His help the way He wants us to have it. Have no fear because I promise, if you do this you will not be let down for Psalm 55:22 states “Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall.”.

I pray that you will trust in the Lord and know that he will never let you carry more than you can handle, for He knows us better than anyone else! If you are ever feeling stressed out, please just lift it up to God and allow him to transform your mind. Here are a few more Bible verses that you can reference to uplift your spirits and know that God always has your back!

James 1:2-4 “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”

Psalm 118:5-7 “In my anguish I cried to the Lord, and he answered by setting me free. The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me? The Lord is with me; he is my helper. I will look in triumph on my enemies”.

Matthew 11:28-30 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in hear, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light”.

Psalm 16:8 “I have set the Lord always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.”

I hope you are able to find a little encouragement in this blog today. Find your strength in Him and you will not be shaken. May God continue to work in us so that we may all “Be the Light”.

Until next time,

XOXO

Kat

 

 

Where do you stand?

Have you ever left from church on Sunday feeling totally refreshed and ready to face the week ahead of you?

Me. Every week.

But something was wrong. I would feel amazing on Sunday, inspired by the message I had received and by the end of the day on Monday I would have forgotten what I had just learned the day before! I was being told to live my life for Christ, always doing what would please Him but then I would get angry with the person who cut me off in traffic, would gossip with my co-workers about the boss, and I wasn’t even attempting to crack open my Bible.

And then it hit me. Hard. Right in the gut.

Our Pastor was preaching on this notion many of us tend to hold about standing on middle ground. As I was listening, I was thinking to myself “oh my gosh this is an awesome message” and then my stomach sank. He was speaking right at me!

In Matthew 12:30 Jesus says “Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters”. So in plain English: either you are for Jesus, or against Jesus. Which further translates to: you either live your life fully for Him, or you don’t. It’s as simple as that. It’s either one side or the other, there is no MIDDLE GROUND. However, we wouldn’t be human if we didn’t like to make things complicated, right? I can attest to that. I act one way in church, and then completely different once I leave. We want to say we are believers, but then we pick and choose how we act as Christians.

NEWS FLASH: this is not how it should be. If we are truly committed to living our lives for Jesus Christ, then we should be doing so 100% of the time. Not 95%. Not 99.9%. But ALL the time. This means we can’t pick and choose when we exude the Holy Spirit dwelling in us. We must make decisions for daily living based on our faith, but these decisions MUST be informed. Meaning, we have to receive the information given to us in the Bible. Which also means that we actually need to READ the Bible. What a concept.

Trust me, I was just as shocked as you are. But you would be amazed at what you discover in that amazing book. Not to mention, we will uncover something new every time we read it. It’s packed full of information for practical living according to God. I have really committed myself to doing my Bible study first thing in the morning because, not only does this set the tone for the day, but it also helps to keep me focused on the overall goal: living my life for Christ.

But you are probably sitting there like okay Kat, I get it read the Bible, but what if something comes up and I don’t know how to handle it in a Christ-like way? Have no fear. This was the same question I asked too. Well if you look at James 1:19-26 says that we should be “quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry” (Verse 19). So we need to apply this to our lives, if you find yourself are in a situation where someone is acting crazy then listen to what they are saying, pray about the situation, give it a little time and then calmly address what happened. Anger is useless and will get you nowhere, as you will see in James 1:20 where it says “for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires”.

Whoa. Put a fork in me because I am DONE. All the times that I have gotten angry over the DUMBEST and SMALLEST things makes me ashamed to even think about it. But it doesn’t do us any good to get angry. If we would all just think before we speak or took a breather instead of getting angry, I think we would all have fewer regrets – am I right?

Here’s the bottom line: there is no middle ground when it comes to living your life for Christ. You either do or you don’t. Now, assuming that we are all living our lives for Christ, we must all be informed so that we are armed with powerful teachings as we go about our day to day business. The way we will become informed is by reading God’s Word: the Bible. We must read His Word and pray over situations that may come up so that we can handle them correctly. Not only will we feel really good about ourselves for living in accordance with God but others will see how we are acting and they will begin to see how our relationship with God is truly transforming us! MIND=BLOWN.

Leave me a comment below! I would love to hear how you handle the craziness that life throws at you and your favorite Bible verse that helps you to stay focused on God during those situations?

Until next time and always remember to “Be the Light”

XOXO,

Kat

 

Welcome to my blog!

Click here to learn a little about me and my new blog!

Have you ever thought that you knew all there was to know about life? Or you felt like there was no advice in the world anyone could ever give you that you hadn’t already heard before?

I can easily answer yes to both of those questions…which is why I am sitting here feverishly typing away to tell you one small thing. YOU’RE WRONG. Now, before you try to rush and exit off of this blog page because I just killed your ego, I need you to know why you’re wrong.

First things first, let me tell you a little about me. My name is Kat, and I thought I had everything figured out and knew all there was to know about life. My friends, unbeknownst to them, have consistently stroked my ego over the years because they all came to me for advice whenever situations came up in their lives. Not to mention, I am a Psychology major so this made me feel even better about myself. There was nothing you could tell me that would make me think otherwise.

Well that was until I met my boyfriend. He gave me the same realization that I just gave you. I was wrong. I had gone completely left and was on the fast track to nowhere. He told me, in the most loving way possible, that there comes a time in life when you have to stop being so consumed with yourself and realize that you are not the end all be all, nor do you know it all. As you could have guessed, this did not go over well…AT ALL. You see, there was one GLARING difference between my boyfriend and I at this time: having a relationship with Jesus Christ.

I considered myself a Christian, but I was one notch above your average holiday church goers. I went to church occasionally, and I prayed….but it was usually in a plea to make my groceries last for a few more days until my next paycheck. When I met my boyfriend, my life changed in more ways than one. I began going to church with him and his family, I started to realize that I am not everything and a bag of chips, and I really focused on growing a relationship with God. This is when I finally understood that the only thing I know, is that I know nothing and the only way I would truly begin to grow as a person was if I had GOD.

So long story short, I am here to tell you that you are wrong…but this can change. While we will never come to know everything there ever is to know, we can discover so much more than we *think* we have when we have a relationship with God. By whole heartedly praying and reading His Word, our eyes can be opened to the truth. I have felt a burning desire to start a blog for sometime now, as a way to connect with believers and non-believers to share some of the things I am learning along my journey with God and to, hopefully, strengthen your faith, or help you to find it.

I am so incredibly excited for this new adventure and I hope that you will join me for the ride so that we may all be the light.

XOXO,

Kat

“For the LORD gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction” Proverbs 2:6-7